ALTON -- Alton resident Christopher Sisco was recently awarded the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
His Commanding Officer J.J. Adametz, in a letter to his parents, Rocky and Janene Sisco of Alton, said Sisco received the medal for outstanding efforts while serving with the U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion SEVEN.
" Your son's career here at the Magnificent 7 has been nothing short of amazing. It has been an honor to serve with him. Christopher is most highly deserving of this award. You can be justifiably proud of his accomplishments and his honorable sacrifice to serve this nation, his fellow shipmates and his family," said a letter from Officer Adametz to Sisco's family.
Sisco, 21, is a 2005 graduate of Alton High School.
"In his sophomore year in high school he joined what the Navy calls dept. This was to ensure when he graduated from high school he would go to the Navy," his mother said.
Sisco did his basic training in Chicago and graduated in August 2005. He went to a school in California where he was trained to become a construction mechanic. He stayed in California until 2005.
He is now stationed in Gulf Port, Miss.
His first deployment was to Kuwait for six months. His next deployment was an island off California for six months.
Since then, he has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. While stationed in both countries Sisco dug water wells.
His mother said he has not been home since September of last year.
"He should be home in two weeks but will probably only get to stay three days. The last six months we have only got to talk to him three times, but we get e-mails several times a week," his mother said. She said the longest the family has gone without hearing from him was 11 days and that was a long 11 days.
His parents, of course, worry about his safety. "Some days I make it pretty good and I pray and our whole family prays a lot for him. Everyone around the area that knew Christopher always asks about him. We are glad to have this opportunity to share his achievements with the community because we are proud of him," she said.
While in high school, Sisco worked three years at Wallace and Owens (now Harps) in Alton. "Christopher always did a good job while working here and we are glad he is doing so well," said Harps store manager Wayne Edgar who served as a Marine for 22 years.